Before I go any further, I must point out the pawsome button/graphic above. Seriously, could there be anything more appropriate for me and this blog? It's as if they knew...
It's sometimes tough for me to
What you can't see in that photos is all of the health issues going on. The lumps and bumps, the aches and stiffness, the underlying medial issues...
Zeus is nearing 12 1/2 years old. As mentioned above, he's had arthritis in his knees for several years. But even before that, he was diagnosed with "growing pains" (there's actually a technical term, which I forget) as a pup. Zeus had TPLO surgery in August, 2006 at just 5 years old. We were supposed to have the second knee done, but I could never bring myself to put him through that ordeal again. He hobbles around an awful lot now, is on Cosequin DS Plus (after years of various glucosamine / chondroitin / msm supplements) and more recently, I started giving him Tramadol on especially stiff days. We've been monitoring his liver levels since February, 2012 when they first showed up elevated during a regular check-up. After several tests to rule out the obvious causes (with no positive results), we continue with daily doses of samE and milk thistle, as well as regular blood checks. We also manage his "old man cough" with Pepcid. He's a rather happy, old, lumpy boy!
Lola hit 11 last month. I never really looked at my Baby Girl as a "senior" before we were hit out of the blue with her autoimmune issue last December. We went through not one, but two biopsies that were probably harder on Mommy than her. Then, she went on a high dose of prednisone that really took everything out of all of us. Lola became very weak, lost almost all of her muscle mass, and was no where near her happy-go-lucky self. It was a long road on the prednisone, but we're now weaned down to an every-other-day low dose (and we have a check up next week to see if we can go even lower!). I can not even begin to express how amazing it was to see her come back to life - literally - as we decreased the dosage. I am so thankful to have my bouncy, playful, lovable old baby girl back, however I can't help but keep those images of such a weak dog in my mind. Old age may be slowing her down, but I'm thankful that we seem to have fought the autoimmune issue and got it under control!
Teutul will be 10 in October. My perpetual puppy-faced boy started going grey really early, so it's still hard for me to even consider him a senior... and never mind his
Do you have senior members of your pack? If so, make sure you check out all of the tips, articles and excitement going on over at BlogPaws this month!